Covid: 1300 Additional Beds Setup In Srinagar As Cases Surge


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SRINAGAR: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Mohammad Aijaz Asad Tuesday visited various Covid Care Isolation Centres established in Srinagar to oversee the arrangements put in place for Covid-19 patients.

The Deputy Commissioner visited Covid Care Centres set up at Indoor Stadium,  Maternity Hospital Sanat Nagar, Marriage Hall Sanat Nagar and Haj House Bemina and took stock of the arrangements made for suspected Covid-19 patients.

The DC was apprised that around 1300 additional beds have been set up at Covid Care Isolation Centres in Srinagar to meet out any emergent situation.

The Deputy Commissioner instructed the concerned to ensure sufficient supply of Medical Oxygen, essential medicines and other necessary requirements at all Covid Care Centres so that patients and medical staff do not face any difficulty in the time of need. He was also directed for making adequate arrangements of washrooms.

The Deputy Commissioner asked the concerned authorities to keep men and machinery ready for maintaining cleanliness in and around these Centres besides sanitisation process. He directed the PDD and PHE authorities to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply to these centres.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner appealed to the people of Srinagar to strictly adhere to Covid-19 appropriate behaviour like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. He also asked people to restrict their moment particularly in designated Covid containment zones to control the spread of coronavirus. He also urged every eligible person to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

‘Community Centres to be identified for conversion into COVID centres’

Mayor Srinagar Junaid Azim Mattu Tuesday instructed the officers for appropriate sanitisation protocols to be adopted across the city, especially at public hotspots, marketplaces, mosques and within micro-containment zones notified by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) for Srinagar District.

He was speaking during a review meeting of SMC’s COVID preventive initiatives and measures being adopted across the city to stem the rise of COVID cases in Srinagar.

“Appropriate sanitisation protocols should be adopted to augment efforts to stem the spread of COVID in Srinagar. Special focus should be maintained at vulnerable potential hotspots and public places as well as micro-containment zones notified in Srinagar. Public Offices and institutions that witness a large number of public delegations should also be prioritised for strict enforcement of COVID norms and daily sanitisation protocols,” the Mayor said.

He also asked Commissioner SMC and Joint Commissioner SMC to prepare a list of SMC Community Centres across the four zones of the city that can be converted into COVID-care centres with oxygen-supported beds. In this context, the Mayor asked SMC’s Financial Advisor to draw up a contingency plan as per financial guidelines and norms in vogue to propose a time-bound model to ensure timely creation of such COVID centres with oxygen-supported beds.

“While the District Administration has already identified nearly 1,300 beds collectively at interim designated COVID centres in Srinagar, we should try to augment this by creating a second-line of reserve COVID centres at our Community Centers in Srinagar. This would be a vital step in ensuring we are prepared for every eventuality if the need arises”, the Mayor added.

Mayor Srinagar also sought the strict enforcement of COVID guidelines in Srinagar especially the restriction of gatherings beyond permitted numbers as well as the usage of face-masks.

“Fines should be imposed against shops, stores, bank branches and other institution and commercial entities which are found in violation of COVID guidelines. Such entities should be sealed and prosecuted for nuisance and negligence as per relevant statutes of law. The SMC should work in close coordination with the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) towards this direction”, the Mayor further added.

The SMC Mayor also asked for community representatives, opinion-makers, religious scholars and trade body representatives to be invited and involved in building a community consensus for COVID guidelines to be self-enforced to aid the administration’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID in Srinagar.

“I will be reaching out to Community representatives, opinion-makers, religious scholars and trade body representatives and will seek their active support in ensuring we all work together to prevent a widespread contagion in Srinagar”, the Mayor said.

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